Since its inception in the 1960s, pharmacy automation has been largely a “nice to have” rather than a “need to have” for pharmacies. Then the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated long-simmering patient-consumerism trends within health care, and many pharmacies found themselves reconsidering their automation tool kit, including things like centralized dispensing solutions. Suddenly, automation had become a
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) is developing a standard set of pharmacy performance measures that would be appropriate for assessing pharmacy performance and for use in value-based arrangements (VBAs). Pharmacists and pharmacy teams are an essential part of the health care delivery system. As pharmacies expand patient services, they need tools to demonstrate their value.
As health care players race to deliver on the promise of integrated care, they’re assembling capabilities through M&A and changing the way the ecosystem works. While community pharmacies continue to publicly demonstrate commitment to evolving their offerings, they will need to demonstrate their value in different ways as influencers in the health ecosystem evolve. For
Medication management for seniors and those in long-term care can be a struggle for many facilities. With so many patients, limited staff and multiple rounds of medications daily, it can be difficult to keep track of each patient’s specific needs. In fact, nearly 30% of elders take five or more prescription medications each day, which
Since Amazon Pharmacy launched in November 2020, the prescription drug home-delivery service has led with a primarily online offering. Its value propositions — technology-based customer support, transparent pricing, fast shipping and an app-based interface — are compelling, but without connections to the broader health care ecosystem, organic growth has been challenging. That’s about to change.
Historically, drugs studied in clinical trials are dispensed to participants by pharmacies located at investigating sites — e.g., academic medical centers and hospitals. Both sponsors and patients are keen, however, to deploy “decentralized” or “remote” approaches when reasonably possible — for example, having routine procedures like a blood draw, injection/infusion or physical status evaluation (vital
“We’re on a journey to transform health care, connecting more people to the right care at the right time — at a cost that makes sense.” So said Walmart CEO Doug McMillon following the launch of the retailer’s new 10-year collaboration with UnitedHealth Group. While the remark refers specifically to the companies’ multifaceted project to
Once upon a time, the leaders of America’s largest drug chains — Tom Ryan, Dan Jorndt, Alex Grass, Harvey Rosenthal, Dave Bernauer — were widely recognized and universally admired, not for who they were but for what they accomplished. Much of the respect they earned emanated from their willingness to interact with other members of